I often will wonder why it is that mental health is still such a prevalent issue. In Utah, the leading cause of death for teenagers is suicide. This has been a statistic for some time now, and yet, there is little that we are doing to help it. Or at least that’s how I feel. “Adolescent depression is increasing at an alarming rate. Recent surveys indicate that as many as one in five teens suffers from clinical depression.” Utah has some of the highest ranking suicide rates in the US. “Developmentally, the years between childhood and adulthood represent a critical period of transition and significant cognitive, mental, emotional, and social change. ”
The statistics show that mental health cases still occur often, and still play an important role in today’s youth. Most people between 12-17 personally know someone (or multiple people) who have taken their own lives. It is something that people don’t like to talk about, which is for good reason, but if we don’t talk about it then it won’t be fixed. If the adults won’t do anything then we should. We should have conversations about it, and try to make a more stress free enviorment for us to function in, one that can make it easier to find happiness in difficult times.